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Heritage’s Jaila Ellis is The Columbian 2022-23 Week 29 prep athlete of the week

Ellis received 669 of the 1,218 votes cast this week to win

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: May 22, 2023, 1:39pm

Heritage softball player Jaila Ellis is the The Columbian 2022-23 Week 29 high school athlete of the week, presented by Heavy Metal Pizza in Vancouver.

Ellis received 669 of the 1,218 votes cast this week to win the honor.

The freshman went 10 for 14 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI and pitched 15.1 innings in four games at the 3A bi-district tournament as the Timberwolves clinched a state berth and finished third in the event.

This is the final athlete-of-the-week vote for the 2022-23 school year. Including The Columbian’s football player of the week vote in the fall, 39 different high school students were honored this school year.


  1. Jaila Ellis, Heritage, 669
  2. Sydnee Boothby, Washougal, 262
  3. Alex Harris, Columbia River, 149
  4. Davari Grauer, La Center, 75
  5. Eli Huntington, Camas, 63

Here are the accomplishment of the other nominees:

SYDNEE BOOTHBY, WASHOUGAL TRACK AND FIELD: The senior won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters and helped the 1,600 relay secure a berth to state meet at the 2A district meet.

DAVARI GRAUER, LA CENTER BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: The senior won the 100 meters, 200 and helped Wildcats win the 1,600 relay at the 1A district meet.

ELI HUNTINGTON, CAMAS BOYS GOLF: The senior shot a 3-under-par 139 for 36 holes to win the 4A bi-district title by two shots.

ALEX HARRIS, COLUMBIA RIVER SOCCER: The senior scored five of the Rapids’ six goals and assisted on the other as River won two state playoff games.